Six Topics in Science that Scored Big in 2014

Science philanthropy had a bit of a moment in 2014, with some major news stories, plus a growing sense that wealthy donors are gaining influence in an area historically fueled by public funds.

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The New Recruits in Moore’s Huge Data Program

Since last year, the Moore Foundation has been at the forefront of large funders supporting advances in data science. Its latest burst of funding goes to 14 researchers, with an emphasis on open source approaches. 

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A Foundation's Big Hunt for Weird New Materials That Could Change the World

At its best, science philanthropy funds risky research and goes where no market actor dares to go. A case in point: How the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is backing researchers trying to create new materials.
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Seismology Geeks Have a Big Ally in the Moore Foundation

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation granted $757,876 to University of California's School of Earth & Marine Science this month to support the Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project (JFAST). JFAST is the world's "first ever underwater earthquake 'observatory.'" They drilled at the site of the "Tohoku megathrust earthquake," which occurred in March of 2011 and produced the tsunami that devastated Japan.

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